The meeting was called to order at 4:09 p.m. All departments were in attendance except Interdisciplinary Studies, Nursing, and Social Work.
I. Minutes of previous meeting
II. Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
III. Report of the Student Senate President
IV. Report of the Graduate Student Association
V. Report of the Administrative Officers
Provost Prabhu reminded faculty of the Middle States site visit, February 28 to March 3 and announced a completion celebration hosted by the Morale Committee. He also recommended faculty attend the February 18 Tom Ehrlich lecture and Trisha Thorme workshops on civic engagement in education. Dr. Prabhu highlighted the spring faculty convocation planned for March 18 to explore how the Middle States self-study will impact campus initiatives.
Dr. Prabhu announced that PASSHE will adopt Desire 2 Learn (D2L) as the new Learning Management System. He explained that the planned extension of Blackboard for one year to allow for transition may become impractical since the $1.2 million cost will be paid only by schools using the service and many other schools are moving ahead to the new system this year. Dr. Prabhu noted that all Blackboard courses will be automatically transferred by D2L by mid-March and training will be offered in multiple formats.
Mr. Chip German further commented on the transition to D2L and fielded questions. Faculty do not need to initiate transfer of their courses but should review them in D2L to confirm that materials are there after D2L staff oversee the automated migration in coming weeks. Some aspects, like student records and add-ons (Wimba), may not transfer or be integrated automatically in the new environment, although technical details are still emerging. It is expected that faculty will have an opportunity to work with D2L before Blackboard expires. Faculty teaching in Summer II (overlapping Jun 30) should use D2L to start the term (ideally, all Summer 2010 courses should use D2L). The D2L system contract will begin with five years and then be renewable yearly. Mr. German also indicated that eventually there will be a separate system for long-term storage of learning materials.
Associate Provost for Academic Administration
Associate Provost Burns noted that the final Rediscover Millersville 2010 report has been sent to the site visit team and is available online. He urged faculty to read the report and participate in upcoming forums. He indicated that faculty will likely have opportunities to interact with the nine members of the site visit team as well as a chance to discuss the report in small groups at the spring convocation. A question was raised about how the convocation topic is selected. Dr. Burns stated that the administration uses insights from deans to choose something based on issues relevant to faculty and the university mission.
Dr. Burns commented on the Prior Learning Assessment Consortium which uses content placement exam results to assign course credit for work experience. He also noted our representatives for the first three Transfer Articulation PACs (Math: Delray Schultz/Janet White; Psychology: Dave Hill/Karena Rush; Elementary Education: Christine Anthony/Marcia Nell).
Assistant Vice President for Academic Services
Assistant Vice President Redmond reminded faculty to use the Early Intervention Warning system February 8-19 to provide feedback for freshmen and sophomores with academic warning.
Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
Dean DeSantis announced that the Student Research Grant program is accepting proposals for both graduate and undergraduate students through February 15.
VI. Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
Senator Sikora distributed a report on academic dismissal appeal hearings and academic amnesty petitions from January 2010. [see Attachment #1]
Senator Mowrey distributed a proposed change to the undergraduate studies academic policy on Academic Standards, Probation, and Dismissal along with an outline of the rationale submitted by ASC. [see Attachment #2]
(1) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
ART Proposal to add ART242: 3D Design as a pre-requisite to ART295, ART296, ART282, ART291.
(2) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ART386: Special Topics in Studio Art: Beginning Weaving, 3 credits. Proposal for a course to allow for offering individual sections on a variety of topics in art.
(3) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ART486: Special Topics in Studio Art: Public Art, Public Place, 3 credits. Proposal for a course to allow for offering individual sections on a variety of topics in art.
(4) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
BS CHEM, Biochemistry option. Proposal to adjust course requirements to align with revised biology curriculum.
(5) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
SPAN314: Survey of Spanish American Literature II, 3 credits. Proposal for a course to explore Latin American literature since the beginning of the 20th Century.
(6) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
AS CSCI. Proposal to adjust course requirements to more clearly define appropriate courses needed in computer science courses and math.
(7) NEW UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
WSSD485: Performance Enhancement: Training in Sport, 3 credits. Proposal for a course to explore the relationship between physical activity and psychological development, health, and well-being.
Senator Edeh Herr reported the approval of EDTE592 as a DL blended course.
VII. Reports of the Faculty Senate Special Committees
VIII. Proposed Courses and Programs
(2) CHANGE IN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
ESCI221: Structural Geology, 3 credits, W. Proposal to change prerequisites, change course description, and remove designation as a W course was approved without dissent.
IX. Faculty Emeritus
X. Election of Faculty Senate Officers
XI. UNIV103/Freshman Seminar
XII. Other/New Business
Meeting was adjourned at 5:32 p.m.
Aimee L. Miller
Secretary of the Senate
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